Sunday, January 31, 2016

2016. Computer Science For All

Growing up in Buffalo, New York, I was lucky to have teachers in my local public school who found creative and exciting ways to introduce me to all of the STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) disciplines. Hands-on experiences with innovative technology built my confidence and skills for the future and helped me understand that STEM, especially computer science, could be used to make the world a better place.

And now, we have the chance to work together to expand that hands-on learning experience to all children across America, with President Obama's new Computer Science for All (#CSforAll) initiative.

The President's bold new proposal will empower students from kindergarten through high school to learn computer science, equipping them with the analytical skills they need to be creators in the digital economy, not just consumers, and to apply their passion and enthusiasm to solving problems using technology.

The United States has been home to so many amazing digital inventions -- from Silicon Valley to its counterparts like Austin, Boston, Eastern Kentucky, Louisville, Boise, Salt Lake, Atlanta, and more. Last year, there were more than 600,000 high-paying jobs across a variety of industries in the United States that were unfilled, and by 2018, 51 percent of all STEM jobs are projected to be in CS-related fields.

Our economy and our children's futures can't afford to wait.

Elementary students in Baltimore, Maryland with the author.

We’ve made real progress, but we have a lot of work left to do. In 22 states, computer science still doesn’t count toward high school graduation requirements for math or science, and 75% of schools don’t yet offer a single high-quality computer science course. Plus, stereotypes perpetuated by media portrayals, unconscious bias, the unsung history of CS heroes like Grace Hopper, and outdated classroom materials often discourage many from taking these courses -- they often 'opt-out' of CS even when it is offered.

The good news is innovators in education are already solving these challenges and leading the way all over the country. We recently recognized just a handful of these Americans at the White House Champions of Change for Computer Science Education event. These students, teachers, and community leaders are proving what’s possible, like the Spanish teacher in Queens who co-created a “Digital Dance” experience, bringing code into school dances. Or the high school and college students who tutor their younger peers in these skills, solidifying their own knowledge through mentoring.

As a kid, I was lucky to be exposed to CS -- but a lot of my generation didn’t get that chance. Let’s get all-hands-on-deck to make sure every child is learning to code as a new 'basic' skill ­-- so they can all be part of the next generation of American ingenuity, problem solving, adventure, and deep economic impact.

Find out how you can get involved today, whether you are a student, teacher, techie or an interested citizen. There's something we all can do.

Megan Smith
U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Car in good shape? Signup to partner with Uber.

Signup to partner with Uber and get an extra $150 after your first 20 trips! 

As an Uber driver, youll make good money driving when you want. Please pass this opportunity on to all that may be in need of extra money.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Internship Opportunities U.S. AFRICOM & EUCOM College Intern Program links and information

Intern Program links and information

  For those who have, or know of university students who may be interested, links to the AFRICOM and EUCOM internship programs are below.  

Each link is fairly comprehensive and provides all of the info you may need.

For our future leaders. HOT! HOT! HOT! FEMA Pathways Summer Internship Vacancies

FEMA summer announcements are open.  

Keep in mind, it’s open to the first 200; therefore, the announcement will shut down sooner than the closing date. 

Remember, to qualify for FEMA internships, applicants must be CURRENT students, at least half-time, and meet the minimum GPA requirement (2.0 for high school or undergrad, 3.0 for graduate).

Thanks in advance for sharing these with qualified candidates!

Student Trainee (Administrative and Office Support) GS-399-2/5 (Grade varies by location)

Student Trainee (Information Technology) GS-2299-5

Student Trainee (Accounting and Budget) GS-599-5 (Grade varies by location)
Washington, DC

New York, NY

Oakland, CA

Denton, TX

Training Opportunity. ICISF. Atlanta, GA Regional Training April 28-May 1, 2016


The ICISF Faculty & Staff
invite you to attend the
Atlanta, GA Regional Training
April 28-May 1, 2016

For more information, click here

New to ICISF and CISM Training?  
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Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention- Just released 5th edition curriculum

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Situational Awareness. Zika Virus. Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal - January 28, 2016
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Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arthropodborne member of the genus Flavivirus of the Spondweni serocomplex and is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes (primarily Ae. aegypti in urban and periurban cycles). ZIKV emerged in Africa and has caused outbreaks of febrile disease that clinically resemble dengue fever and other arboviral diseases (
1) but has been linked to neurologic syndromes and congenital malformation (2). Outbreaks have been reported in the Yap islands of the Federated States of Micronesia (3), French Polynesia (4), and Oceania; Brazil is currently experiencing the first reported local transmission of ZIKV in the Americas (5).
Volume 22, Number 5 - May 2016


Networking Opportunity. FREE ACPDC Meet & Greet. BCP and EM professionals. February 9, 2016

ACPDC After work "meet and greet" at the Bistro

Happy New Year!  
To kick off the year, were hosting an after work "meet and greet".  This is an opportunity to meet the 2016 board, network, share what’s on your “professional development” checklist, and learn about our planned initiatives for 2016.  
Please invite and bring another continuity or emergency management colleague, and don't miss out on this great opportunity to engage and share - Register now!
Marriott Courtyard Wash., DC /U.S. Capitol - 1325 2nd Street Northeast Washington, DC 20002 - View Map

Sunday, January 24, 2016

MARCH 3, 2016. Chamber of Digital Commerce DC Blockchain Summit. Georgetown University.

Join the BEMA collective during our new annual renewal period starting February 1, 2016.

2016 the Year of Change.  Change from pure consumers to a change force in our communities.

I will be attending.

Charles D. Sharp.  CEO.  BEMA.                      

THU, MAR 3 AT 8:00 AM
Chamber of Digital Commerce DC Blockchain Summit

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The Chamber of Digital Commerce, in conjunction with Georgetown University, is holding the Capital’s Inaugural Blockchain Conference.

Market leading companies from every industry are pioneering with bitcoin, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to change global finance as we know it.
We are bringing together the best and brightest minds from industry and government to Washington, DC, to provide thought leadership on the policy challenges facing this disruptive technology.

We invite you to be a part of this historic event!
Join us on Facebook and Twitter

For more information, visit

If you'd like to pay for registration using bitcoin, please contact the event organizer. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EST) - Add to Calendar

Georgetown University: McDonough School Of Business - 37th and O St., N.W. Washington, DC 20007 - View Map

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The robot revolution could wipe out 5.1 million jobs by 2020

The robot revolution could wipe out 5.1 million jobs by 2020

The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is already underway and it’s not looking too promising for your job.

Over the next five years, automation and robots will cause 5.1 million job losses, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum. The findings are based on a survey of 15 economies that account for about 65 percent of the world’s total workforce.

The jobs that are most at risk are office and administrative roles, which are expected to be impacted by “a perfect storm of technological trends,” the report reads. The trends the report is referencing are the mobile internet, cloud technology, Big Data analytics and the Internet of things.

Other sectors that also stand to lose jobs include office and administrative, manufacturing and production, construction and extraction, installation and maintenance and the arts and entertainment.  

Each industry will also face job losses, although the impact will vary considerably. The biggest negative losses will most likely occur in healthcare, thanks to the rise of telemedicine, followed by energy and financial services.
Technology alone isn’t the only force that’s driving job change, though. Other factors that will make it unreasonable to retain a large workforce in the coming years include climate change, resource efficiency and workplace flexibility.

Although the report found that job losses will hit men and women equally by net percentages, with 48 percent for women and 52 percent for men, it will be felt more acutely by women because the male workforce is larger. While men will see about one job gained for every three lost over the next five years, women will lose five jobs for every one job gained.

But the report isn’t all gloom and doom. About 7.1 million jobs will be lost, but these losses will be offset by the addition of 2.1 million new jobs.

The main sectors that will see job growth are business and financial operations, management, computer and mathematical and architecture and engineering. 

Until 29 January 2016. United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGEPAD) in USA

UN Human Rights USA & DC Visit: Rights of Afrodescendants, 19-29 January

NOTICE: The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGEPAD) is coming to the USA for a country visit, to investigate the state of the HUMAN RIGHTS of the Black people from, and in, the United States. 

The UN WGEPAD visit is 19 January to 29 January 2016.

In order, they will visit DC, Baltimore, Jackson, Mississippi, Chicago, New York City, and then return to DC, before flying back to their base, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Geneva, Switzerland. 

WGEPAD is responsible for the creation and administration of the United International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015-2024. THREE of the five or six members of the Working Group will be on this USA fact-finding visit. Current chair of the Working Group is the late Dr. Frantz Fanon's daughter, Mireille Fanon Mendes-France (French national; Caribbean Afrodescendant- Martinique).

Due to very limited time, space, and resources, most of the U.S. public WILL NOT be able to meet with the Working Group. However, everyone is welcome to email them directly at: AFRICANDESCENT at sure to spell the name correctly - UNHCHR (for Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), or they will not get your email.

UN WGEPAD Official website: 

The US visit is being coordinated by the U.S. State Department and, for civil society organisations, by the Atlanta-based U.S. Human Rights Network (USHRN). 

The (LOCAL) part of the Washington visits is being coordinated by the Pan-African Action Committee - Netfa Freeman, Shelly Green, Adwoa Masozi, and Max Rameau.

PHOTO: Since 2015, Ms. Mireille (Meer RAY uh) Fanon Mendes-France is the current chair of the WGEPAD. She is the daughter of the late pan-African writer and psychiatrist, Frantz Fanon, who was an Afrodescendant from the Caribbean island of Martinique (still claimed as "part" of France).

UN International Decade for People of African Descent, official website: 


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Culture of Health. Rand Corporation. Stakeholder Perspectives

New Research

Stakeholder Perspectives on a Culture of Health

Key Findings

Joie D. Acosta, Margaret D. Whitley, Linnea Warren May, Tamara Dubowitz, Malcolm V. Williams, and Anita Chandra
Since 2013, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has embarked on a pioneering effort to advance a Culture of Health. The Culture of Health action framework is founded on a vision in which "everyone in our diverse society leads healthier lives now and for generations to come." To put the Culture of Health vision into action, RWJF asked RAND Health to support the development of an action framework and measurement strategy. 

This report summarizes the stakeholder engagement efforts that RAND used to inform this work. It draws on a series of interviews and focus groups that RAND researchers conducted with stakeholders both within and outside the United States. It should be of interest to RWJF, as well as to those individuals and organizations interested in advancing the Culture of Health action framework. 

Given that RWJF is focused on using the Culture of Health action framework and measures to catalyze national dialogue about content and investments to improve population health and well-being, the report should be beneficial to a range of national, state, and local leaders across a variety of sectors that contribute to health as described by the Culture of Health action framework.
Please send comments about the study to:
Anita Chandra (author)
Director, Research
Joie D. Acosta (author)
Senior Behavioral Scientist
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